Leeds United beat Middlesbrough 1-0 to earn their third win on the bounce and secure their spot in second-place with one player going under the radar with his performance.
Mateusz Klich scored the only goal of the game when he saw a good effort go in off the far post after Pablo Hernandez had struck the upright with a low drive (via BBC). Patrick Bamford, Stuart Dallas and the Spanish playmaker were all denied by fine saves from Boro ‘keeper Aynsley Pears as the Yorkshire outfit looked to extend the lead.
Klich wasn’t just the match-winner, but also one of the most influential players in attack. The Poland international played the joint-most key passes (3) and had the third-most shots at goals (1) (via WhoScored). He also proved to be a huge figure in Leeds’ defensive game as he made the joint-most tackles (6), showing his quality at the back.
However, our unsung hero proved to be Stuart Dallas, who was effective at both ends of the pitch during the encounter with Jonathan Woodgate’s side. As well as having the joint-second most shots on goals (2) and playing the second-most key passes (1), the Northern Ireland international also made a mammoth seven interceptions, blocked the joint-most shots (2) and made the joint-second most clearances (2).
Indeed, performances such as this one – impacting the game at both ends – are the kind of performances that Leeds’ promotion push must be based on and, given how involved he was, does suggest the Bielsa burnout theory is not currently applicable.
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